Interleukin-6 is a biomarker for acute inflammation and it can reach high concentrations in case of sepsis, a life-threatening condition triggered by infection. Therefore, IL-6 is an important marker for early diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis.
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The theme of SensUs 2021 was acute respiratory viruses. The Covid-19 pandemic made it apparent that large virus outbreaks can cause immense harm to human health and can disrupt society as a whole. One of the most common respiratory viruses is influenza A. Biosensors for the detection of influenza A could help to prevent the spread of this virus.
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Valproate (VPA) is a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder and spinal muscular atrophy. Epilepsy affects around 50 million people worldwide. A biosensor for the measurement of VPA could help to the quality of life by personalizing VPA treatment.
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SensUs 2019 challenged student teams to develop innovative biosensing systems for the measurement of adalimumab, a biological drug that is prescribed to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA affects around 1% of the world population. Measurement of adalimumab concentrations will enable more efficient and effective management of the disease.
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SensUs 2018 challenged student teams to develop innovative biosensing systems for the measurement of the antibiotic drug vancomycin. Antibiotic drugs are widely used in society. Unfortunately, the massive use of drugs causes Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). On a personal level, a vancomycin biosensor could help to provide patients with the right dose, thereby increasing the effectiveness and reducing the side effects of drug treatment.
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Heart failure (HF) is a very important public health problem in both developed and developing countries with a prevalence of about 1% of the population. In 2017 SensUs featured NT-proBNP as its target molecule, which is a key biomarker for heart failure.
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SensUs 2016 was all about biosensors for kidney failure detection. Creatinine is a waste molecule that is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys. By detecting this molecule, patients can take control of their health by monitoring their kidneys fast and easy.
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